Tucked away behind Bond Street station, Eleven Hair is a mid-sized and charming hair salon. My hair was in desperate need of a trim so I popped along to see how comfortable the stylists would be working on afro hair.
I started with a consultation with my stylist Russell. We discussed my hair routine, what my ideal hair type is and what I wanted from my visit. During our discussion he gave me a really useful tip for tonging hair: put your hair in two ponytails and only tong the ends. Run fingers through the tonged ends to loosen and you’ll have wavy hair from mid ends. Wear your hair down and as the week progresses and curls drop wear in a side pony and a messy fluffy fishtail braid when the curls have dropped out. Such a brilliant idea!
We washed my hair with Joico K Pak repairing shampoo to repair and rejuvenate damaged coloured tresses. I then had a wonderful head massage while the assistant worked in Joico Hydrating Masque to hydrate and nourish dry hair.
After conditioning, she sprayed Joico leave in moisturiser for dry hair then worked thru Joico Colour Therapy restorative styling gel which has more argan oil and protein lipids than Moroccanoil. She finished with Sculpting Lotion (good for fine hair) mixed with Smoothing Lotion to smooth without making my hair too flat. We were going for springy and elastic strands.
I had Russell and an assistant blow dry my hair and dampen sections as they dried out. As each section dried he made it into a pin curl to add body and light waves/bends. At the end he’d done such a good job he didn’t need to go over again with straightening irons; always a sign of a good blow dry.
I sometimes wonder if treatments are anything more than glorified conditioners but the next time I washed my hair I could really feel the difference. It felt thicker and stronger and I can only put it down to the Joico treatment.
I think Eleven Hair is best suited to Caucasian hair and girls with thick curly hair. When it comes to afro hair I think is best for those with mixed race and hair up to maybe 3 A-C. If you have hair that’s 4 A-C I think they might struggle to straighten it but go along for a consultation first either way.
I felt like they really cared about the condition and health of my hair and after a much-needed trim I came out with swingy happy hair.
11 Blenheim St